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McLaughlin, Susan; Petersen, Joan – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2018
Many science educators have been incorporating the use of case studies into their teaching. An advantage of using minicase studies is that they can be used at any time throughout the semester to reinforce important topics covered without having to sacrifice a large amount of class time. In this article, the authors present a series of 10 mini-case…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Microbiology, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
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Marrero, Meghan E.; Riccio, Jessica F.; Ben-Jacob, Marion; Canger, Anthony; Maliti, Charles – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Broadening participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers requires that underrepresented students, including women and minorities, persist in their studies and complete undergraduate and graduate degrees. Studies have shown that engaging students in undergraduate research and improving students' science…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, Student Projects, Minority Group Students
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Goacher, Robyn E.; Kline, Cynthia M.; Targus, Alexis; Vermette, Paul J. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
We describe how a practical instructional development process helped a first-year assistant professor rapidly develop, implement, and assess the impact on her Analytical Chemistry course caused by three changes: (a) moving the lab into the same semester as the lecture, (b) developing a more collaborative classroom environment, and (c) increasing…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Chemistry, Science Laboratories
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Tawde, Mangala; Boccio, Dona; Kolack, Kevin – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2017
Students arrive in college with significant prior knowledge including misconceptions that hinder their ability to learn new concepts correctly. Misconceptions, or "alternative beliefs," have been widely studied in the physical sciences at higher education institutions; however, there is a paucity of research concerning the community…
Descriptors: Reflection, Science Instruction, STEM Education, College Science
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Price, Matthew; Rogers, Michael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2016
In the nonmajor science classroom, case studies--when used as learning tools--should help students build the necessary framework to understand the nature of science. For most students, the nonmajor science course (in this case, Astronomy 101) may be the last time that they interact with science in a formal learning setting. A National Science…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods, Nonmajors
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Tessier, Jack T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2014
College faculty have myriad choices of resources for their students when designing courses. The rising prices of textbooks and the availability of cell phones with internet access open the question of using cell phones in the classroom. In this study, I compared student learning in an ecology course between a semester in which a textbook was used…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Teaching Methods
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Kelly, Martin G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
The Index of Learning Styles (ILS) generates reliable data. Its ability to characterize learning preference has been validated. However, the ILS has had very limited application in biology education. In 2009, students in an introductory biology laboratory completed the ILS. Overall academic performance (2009) was negatively associated with…
Descriptors: Biology, Introductory Courses, Preferences, Cognitive Style
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Wyner, Yael – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
This article describes a culminating assignment for students enrolled in a human ecology course in a Masters in Science Education program. The goal of this assignment was for students to use published scientific data to link daily life, human impact, and sustainability to ecological function. This activity required students to consider the…
Descriptors: Ecology, Masters Programs, Graduate Students, Scientific Research
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Tessier, Jack – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2013
Cell phones have become ubiquitous in society, but they are typically seen as a problem in the classroom. This study was designed to assess the perspective of students regarding the use of cell phones as academic tools in the classroom. The author encouraged students to use their cell phones in an environmental issues course to find data and other…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Handheld Devices, Classroom Environment, Environmental Education
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Biehle, James T. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
College and university science programs generate hazardous waste that must be dealt with and disposed of in accordance with state and federal regulations. During a recent renovation and addition project for the State University of New York at Plattsburgh (SUNY Plattsburg), the author was contracted to analyze existing regulations, research best…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, College Science, Science Programs, Wastes
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Herreid, Clyde Freeman; Schiller, Nancy A.; Herreid, Ky F.; Wright, Carolyn – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
Case study teaching had a long tradition in law and business before it made the jump to medical school education in the form of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in the 1970s. Today, both the University of Delaware's Clearinghouse and the University of Buffalo's National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS) have hundreds of cases and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Web Sites
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Lee, W. Theodore; Jabot, Michael E. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2011
We revised a sophomore-level genetics class to more actively engage the students in their learning. The students worked in groups on quizzes using the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) and active-learning projects. The IF-AT quizzes allowed students to discuss key concepts in small groups and learn the correct answers in class. The…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Tests, Active Learning, Genetics
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Miele, Eleanor A.; Powell, Wayne G. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
The departments of Geology and Education at Brooklyn College collaborated with five informal educational institutions in the development of a place-based graduate program for Earth science teachers. The team used "backward design" to develop a program of courses that are thematically structured and use a city-as-lab approach that places…
Descriptors: Schools, Geology, Science Teachers, Natural Resources
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Craig, Paul A.; Federici, Elizabeth; Buehler, Marianne A. – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2010
Plagiarism is a great temptation to students in this digital age, in areas ranging from the purchase of term papers on the internet to improper citing of sources in reports to the inappropriate use of clickers in the classroom. The authors have explored attitudes about academic integrity among college science students using a survey that was…
Descriptors: College Students, College Science, Student Attitudes, Plagiarism
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Guziec, Michelle K.; Lawson, Holly – Journal of College Science Teaching, 2004
Science for Elementary Educators is a multidisciplinary, interactive learning course developed for the science instruction of childhood education majors. The course described here is a model for science education reform that requires relatively few resources, making it ideal for adoption at any institution. (Contains 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Education Majors, Natural Sciences, Elementary School Teachers
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